“Bachelor Girl plunges the reader deep into life during the Jazz Age…and the revealing of other secrets and confessions will keep readers up all night looking for answers.” —Booklist, starred review
From the New York Times bestselling author of Orphan #8 comes a fresh and intimate novel in the vein of Lilac Girls and The Alice Network about the destructive power of secrets and the redemptive power of love—inspired by the true story of Jacob Ruppert, the millionaire owner of the New York Yankees, and his mysterious bequest in 1939 to an unknown actress, Helen Winthrope Weyant.
When the owner of the New York Yankees baseball team, Colonel Jacob Ruppert, takes Helen Winthrope, a young actress, under his wing, she thinks it’s because of his guilt over her father’s accidental death—and so does Albert Kramer, Ruppert’s handsome personal secretary. Helen and Albert develop a deepening bond the closer they become to Ruppert, an eccentric millionaire who demands their loyalty in return for his lavish generosity.
New York in the Jazz Age is filled with possibilities, especially for the young and single. Yet even as Helen embraces being a “bachelor girl”—a working woman living on her own terms—she finds herself falling in love with Albert, even after he confesses his darkest secret. When Ruppert dies, rumors swirl about his connection to Helen after the stunning revelation that he has left her the bulk of his fortune, which includes Yankee Stadium. But it is only when Ruppert’s own secrets are finally revealed that Helen and Albert will be forced to confront the truth about their relationship to him—and to each other.
Inspired by factual events that gripped New York City in its heyday, Bachelor Girl is a hidden history gem about family, identity, and love in all its shapes and colors
I absolutely adored this story. Kim van Alkemade brings readers to New York during the Jazz Age in this captivating historical fiction. I love that this story was based on factual events, it brings a whole other element to the story. If you are a baseball fan, you will also enjoy a few references thrown in throughout the book. This was by no means a quick read for me, but I enjoyed every minute of this beautiful story.
Bachelor Girl revolves around three main characters – Helen, Albert, and Jake. I found these characters so vibrant and intriguing. I had a hard time relating to Helen, so at times that made the novel a little difficult. Some of her actions were absolutely cringe worthy. I liked reading from the different point of views in this story. I find that in some cases multiple POV’s really hinder the story, but in Bachelor Girl, it really helped move the story forward. It allowed the author to cover a lot of different societal issues that were taking place in that time.
Kim van Alkemade is a new author to me but I certainly look forward to reading more of her work. She has an amazing way of pulling you into the time and place she’s writing about. Her writing is dynamic and really paints a picture for the reader. In my opinion she did a great job of weaving fact and fiction together to create this fascinating read.